Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Six Nations: Scotland claim historic 25-13 win over England

Eddie Jones, speaks to Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford stand Eddie Jones, speaks to Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford stand
Frederick Owens | 25 February, 2018, 02:53

But the Australian coach, contemplating defeat with England for just the second time in more than two years, was quick to pay tribute to the performance of Scotland, whose 25-13 victory was their first in the Calcutta Cup since 2008.

But instead Russell took the bolder course, his well-weighted grubber kick causing panic in England's defence and bounced kindly for outside centre Jones, who dived on the loose ball for a try under the posts which Laidlaw duly converted to make it 10-3.

It wasn't just the scoreline but the manner of the performance in the 25-13 win against England on Saturday that should give Scottish rugby supporters so much heart for the remainder of the championship and beyond.

"I was really proud of the second-half display, we showed a lot of courage and character to get back into a position where we could have won the game but full credit to Scotland". Like England, the Scots have two wins from three and can still win the Six Nations.

Only past year, Scotland was thumped 61-21 by England at Twickenham.

If there was, we shouldn't let that detract from a great Scotland victory.

'We are a team in a competition where every other team wants to beat us.

Jones and Ferguson were watching Manchester United face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon
Jones and Ferguson were watching Manchester United face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

Steve Borthwick insists England will be ready for any gamesmanship from Scotland ahead of their Calcutta Cup match in the Six Nations on Saturday. They relied on penalties that day but this was a different story.

"We've got two games to go, and we'll look to learn from what happened today, and put our best foot forward".

However, that didn't stop Scotland breaking down the other side of the pitch, and Maitland quickly emerged into the corner and over the try line. A long floated pass teased would-be interceptors on its way to Jones, who charged half the length of the field and another attractive ball by the fly-half found Maitland with the room to touch down under duress, with Laidlaw unable to convert from the touchline.

Flyhalf Finn Russell knocked over the penalty and the party could start in earnest in a fevered atmosphere. We were never in the game in the opening 40 minutes and lacked intensity, but that's human nature.

Jones suffered only his second defeat in 26 games as England head coach, with the other loss coming against Ireland in Dublin in last year's tournament.

"Congratulations Scotland, they were too good for us today", he said.

"That was as good a victory Scotland have had probably since 1986", former Scotland fullback Gavin Hastings said.

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